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This book is considered by the author to be an 'in-depth presentation of leadership theory and a discussion of how it applies to real situations' (p.15). It is intended for undergraduates and graduates in business, management, communication, political science training and other subjects as a supplementary text in organizational behaviour courses and as an overview text within MBA curricula (p. 15). I will use these statements about the textbook as a guideline for my review, to which I will add my personal experiences. The author, Peter Guy Northouse, is Professor of Communication at Western Michigan University and thus ...
he basic idea behind the theory is that leaders have to motivate subordinates in order to make them achieve the goals they have. The theory dates back to the 1970s where Evans, House, Dessler, Mitchell, and others pushed the notion that employee performance could be enhanced through motivation. As a contingency theory the Path Goal Theory tries to explain what leadership style is best suited to the situational factors it deals with. This theory considers two situational factors that the leader has to confront: the subordinate and environment . The description of each of them is as ... Read More
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